Helen prepares her spare room for her friend Nicola, who is flying down from Sydney for a three-week visit. But this is no ordinary visitâ€”Nicola has advanced cancer. She is coming to Melbourne to receive treatment she believes will cure her.
From the moment Nicola steps off the plane, Helen becomes her nurse, her protector, her guardian angel and her stony judge.
The Spare Room tells a story of compassion and rage as the two womenâ€”one sceptical, one stubbornly sereneâ€”negotiate their way through Nicola's gruelling treatments. Garner's dialogue is pitch perfect, her sense of pacing flawless as this novel draws to its terrible and transcendent finale.
Winner of Barbara Jefferis Award 2009 and Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Victorian Premier's Prize for Fiction 2008 and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Fiction Book 2008.
Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942, and has been writing and publishing since her first book, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977.